Pat Benatar
Crimes of Passion


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainHadouken USER (22 Reviews)
March 13th, 2013 | 15 replies | 1,130 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to Benatar.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The 80's had its fair share of terrible, good, great, superb, and even nearly perfect albums. From Glam's overnight sensation, The emergence of Alternative rock, or even the slow creeping rise of thrash metal, it was a good period for music. Just ask someone their favorite album from the eighties. Most avid listeners will have about five to ten favorites. Why am i saying all this? Well the 80's also had two significant female rockers. First one being Joan Jett, after the demise of The Runaways, and other, being Pat Benatar. You could go down the list and name off several others that had influence toward woman becoming front-men, or rather front-women of bands. These two, especially Benatar, deserve the most credit. If anyone would ask a pick for a PB album, this would be the hands down pick. Followed very closely by Precious time.

Trying to be objective, and yes, also being a huge Benatar fan, there was a slight anxiety about reviewing this album. Even though many, many listens have happened, looking for anything to fault about it was a challenge. In time, i felt i could write this review after stepping away and coming back to it refreshed. Managing to find some faults to give a listener an honest opinion was a challenge. In the end, I have found a few, enough to at least write a fair review.

Crimes of Passion is indeed one very well rounded listen. While it gained its fame off of the popular Hit me with your best shot, and also the notable You better run, it says consistent. Most of the song have a good mesh, and have been well placed for the track listing. Benatar's vocals are completely incredible. She showcases a very impressive range and diversity throughout the album. Whether is the straight-foward chorus on Hit me with you best shot, The soothing jazz-like feel of I'm gonna follow you, The somber and yet intense Hell is for children, or the aggressive style of You better run. Not to say her vocals completely make this album. Neil Giraldo, Who has been Benetar's Guitarist for nearly all of her career, helps contribute towards the overall feel of the album. His Jazzy style and well-placed Solos add a element toward Crimes of passion that blends perfectly with the many vocals style of Benatar. Out-A-Touch and Hell is for children are great examples to put of there. If i had to point out anything, it would be the two covers. You better run is a great song, and i really can't disagree. Wuthering heights, while also good, is a weaker song on the album compared to many others. The problem being is that i think Benatar would have been smart to replace the latter of the two with another original track. It would have been a bit better of a choice the a cover with her vocal ability.

Lyrically, This album mainly deals with love and passion. The title could mostly tell you that. Most of the song titles pretty much give away what they are about. Im talking about you Treat me right. Though the songs that do this somewhat differ in subject matter, they can add up to the same thing, and honestly, i think it can take away from the album in a lyrical sense. However, songs like Hell is for children, which is wisely placed midway through the album, its very deep and powerful. Dealing with child abuse, its tone and subject matter don't exactly tread completely away, but enough to change the flow of the album. Little paradise, helps slowly tip-toe back towards the bulk of the albums subject matter, while Im gonna follow you hits back into the passion.

If there are any closing comments, I would hope anyone wanting to know the perks and flaws of a Pat Benatar album would read this. This album, in a personnel opinion, influenced female rockers for the better, and would be a pick for top 10 of the 80's decade. Really it would be up to the reader to make their own thoughts about Crimes of Passion. This is just an analyzation of the album from a fan and at the same time, a fair reviewer. If all that is fine. Put on your headphones, press play on this album, and welcome to Benatar.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2013



50088 Comments


you need a [/i] or [/b] in the one that goes after the word

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

someguest
March 12th 2013



20393 Comments


you're a wind breaker, fart maker, shit taker...

CaptainHadouken
March 12th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Treb, My html didn't take, so went back and fixed it. I wish i could preview these things before i post them; since i'm not noticing a lot of errors till after i post them

CaptainHadouken
March 12th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well thats the errors i've seen fixed so far. Gonna do another read-through to see if i missed anything

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2013



28430 Comments


congrats on the feature dude

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

CaptainHadouken
March 12th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Word, appreciate it. Took a good while to decide to do this one.

CaptainDooRight
March 13th 2013



28831 Comments


Hey Captain have a Pos

CaptainHadouken
March 13th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Word, I like it.

Jethro42
March 13th 2013



12391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah album is at least a 4

ProfessorVeerappan
March 13th 2013



790 Comments


really nice review with the most intense way of giving the history and the competition Pat faced she surely came rising star.
really liked the song Hit with your best shot.
she's Good
...

CaptainHadouken
March 13th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Believe it or not, hit me with your best shot is to me underclassed on this album compared to Hell is for children and a few other tracks. Hell being my favorite.

FiveLeavesLeft
October 17th 2013



9838 Comments


HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
FIRE AWAAAAAAAYYYYY

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2014



15906 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

love hell is for children

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ToTasteNethers
July 22nd 2014



36 Comments


Nigga she rules, Lana Del Rey needs to record a tribute album to her

someguest
July 22nd 2014



20393 Comments


you're a wind breaker, fart maker, shit taker... [2]



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